Safari Rally entrants warm up in Britain

| 15 Dec 2014

A number of entrants for the 2015 East African Safari Classic have had success in the Roger Albert Clark Rally prior to the Kenyan competition, which is due to take place from 19-27 November. 

Porsche 911

The best-performing Safari entrant was undoubtedly the Porsche 911 of Gregoire de Mevius, which finished first in class and fourth overall following a lengthy excursion on a fog-bound third stage. The Porsche was one of two 911s prepared by Belgian firm BMA Autosport; the second car was driven by Bernard Munster, and suffered a broken rocker arm while coming up to the halfway point. 

Andrew Siddall is best known for his Safari exploits in his Datsun 260Z, which he left at home in favour of his Ford Escort Mk1 RS1600. Siddall battled with fellow Safari Rally entrant Mark Bentley, who was driving an RS1800 and finished one place (and 28 seconds) behind Siddall in 11th position. 

Ford Escort Mk2

Also opting for a Ford Escort were Jan and Martin Hagman from Sweden. The pair usually campaign a similar car on the Safari Rally, but were more accustomed to Sweden's gravel stages than the mud encountered in the UK. The Swedes finished 16th overall.